NEET has replaced AIPMT (All India Pre-Medical test/ Pre-Dental Entrance Test) completely in the year 2017. Now, NEET is the common medical entrance test across the country. It has also replaced entrance tests carried out by AIIMS and JIPMER from the academic session 2020. Consequently, NEET scores are the basis to secure a seat in medical institutes for various medical programmes. No university or state can conduct separate entrance tests for admissions to MBBS/BDS courses.
As such, there is no major difference between them, however, the difference persists in their regulating bodies and some changes which are further discussed. The syllabus for NEET remains the same as that of AIPMT. The change is in the fact that states participation has comparatively increased, which has led to an increase in the number of participating aspirants given the single entrance test criterion.
Also see: MBBS/BDS Seats In India Through NEET
In 2016, as per the Supreme Court directive, NEET has replaced AIPMT in addition to the state level entrance tests enabling admissions to private, government and deemed medical universities throughout India. All eligible candidates can apply for MBBS and BDS seats. The exam is for AIQ seats, state government seats, state/management/ NRI seats in government and private, medical colleges and deemed universities.
AIPMT, was conducted by the CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) annually for admissions to medical courses such as MBBS, BDS across the country. The exam was carried out for admissions to 15% of the gross seats in all the medical universities conducted by the state and central authorities, excluding the states of Telangana, Jammu and Kashmir and Andhra Pradesh. In 2016, approximately 6.3 lakh registrations were recorded. Number of seats that were made available were 3250 medical seats (MBBS+BDS).
Key Differences Between NEET and AIPMT
- NEET offers a large number of seats compared to AIPMT
- Unlike, AIPMT, NEET is a centralized test
- NEET comprises 180 questions carried out in one session unlike AIPMT, which had two papers – Prelims and Mains
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